Calling All Writers!

The Young Authors Conference is an annual celebration of young authors held every spring at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. Professional authors and illustrators provide hands-on workshops for students as they arrive for a day of celebrating the art of writing and illustration. Students begin the day getting acquainted with each other as they share their own manuscripts. Each student then spends one hour with the featured author, one hour with a local author, and one hour with a local illustrator.

PARENTS: This is not a school-sponsored event, unlike previous years. Students must take a bound, illustrated, original manuscript with them to the conference. Writing workshops will be held on Monday afternoons 3:30-4:30PM beginning February 14th at Mt. Erie Library with 6th grade teacher Tammy Dellutri and several parents. These workshops will help students create a well-written, nicely illustrated and bound manuscript (story) to bring to the conference.

If your third to sixth grade child is interested in attending, please contact your child‟s teacher or Catherine Houck (see info on next page). You will receive an “Intent of Interest Letter” explaining the requirements in slightly more detail. Conference information also is available at the Northwest Education Service District website at The cost is $22 per student and payment payment must be made to the Mt. Erie PTA by February 14th. (scholarships are available throughStacey Estenson, phone: 293-9541 or email:

Transportation:  Not provided. We will coordinate carpools.
Date:  Wednesday, March 23rd (6thgrade only on Friday, March 25th)
Time:  9am-2 pm
What to Bring:  Bound, illustrated,original manuscript and a sack lunch.
Questions:  Contact Catherine Houck 293-1297 (home), 708-3855 (cell),